The Embassy of Spain in Australia is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Low Cost Diplomatic Bag at the Immigration Museum on Thursday 17 December.
The suitcase is a symbol of every migrant, the beginning of the journey, the receptacle where each one of us puts what one considers most essential to bring when moving from one country to another. In a way you are what you put in your suitcase, your suitcase is a part of your identity that travels along with you.
In this exhibition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain asked 15 of its Embassies around the world to work with artists from those countries or who were migrants in those countries.
The artists were asked to use suitcases that fit into the luggage compartment of a low cost airline as exhibition space. Each suitcase was manipulated in whatever way the artist thought suitable. They use different contemporary art tools to explore diverse issues as immigration, borders and policies of their own countries, but also the relationship between art and technology.
The first exhibition was first held in Madrid and it will then travel to each of the sixteen countries where the suitcases originated.
The exhibition is curated by Nilo Casares, a writer and art critic devoted to the promotion of public and digital art.
When: Thursday 17 December 2015, 6.30pm
Where: Immigration Museum, Old Customs House, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne 3000 VIC.